Overall Niche Grade
- Party SceneB+
- Campus FoodB+
- Student LifeA-
Grinnell College is ...
NCAA Division III (with football)
Grinnell College Rankings
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High School GPA
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Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.28 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.29 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.28 responses
Most Popular Majors
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.18 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.39 responses
After Grinnell College
- Very Good163
Grinnell is an academic rigorous school with a strong sense of diversity and community. Some people find the location to be a negative based on where its located, but I find it to be a positive. We have students coming from all over the country and world, so its definitely a global school, but there is not only a strong community, but students actively choose to be there. They provide many opportunities on and off campus too for students. Provides great financial aid and resources for all students to take advantage of. Many clubs and organizations to join and many concerts, events, performances and speakers to keep you entertained.
- 2 months ago
The CLS, from the few times that I have been there, has been extremely helpful. With help in polishing a resume or cover letter to finding resources that can put you in touch with alumni in your field, the CLS is great! They are accessible and the closeness of the community, like with the Externship program and alumni events, make me feel a wee bit less stressed about my future.
- College Sophomore
- 11 months ago
The professors really care about their students, and strive to ensure that they are as successful as possible. Especially with first-year students, professors do their best to make sure that they know all about the college, outside community, and academic expectations. The coursework is very difficult. I took IB classes in high school, and my senior year HL classes were on par with the level expected for incoming first-year students. Though the coursework is demanding, the environment is accommodating. For example, many students stay up late into the night to do work, but they do so in groups with trips to the Grille for food and coffee. The professors are willing to discuss any problems you are running into, especially around assignment scheduling. Their focus is on your work quality over quantity, so due dates are often negotiable if you find yourself stuck in a hectic schedule. The work load ebbs and flows, with a few key weeks known as Hell Weeks sprinkled in. While these weeks are challenging for all, the campus hosts events such as 1am pancakes and Puppies and Pancakes for stress relief and study breaks. The classes are very small, with the average being 15 or less students. This makes classes great for discussion. The reading load in many classes is heavy, and the expectation is that you not only read the material, but synthesize and analyze it. This is challenging for many students, but the Reading Lab and Writing Lab are always there for support.
- College Freshman
- 12 months ago